Women in Zimbabwe are being given access to electric tricycles helping them to transport and sell their goods, as well as shave off hours usually spent walking to pick up essential items for their families.
Powered by a solar-charged lithium ion battery, the three-wheeler, known as the Hamba, is being piloted by start-up Mobility for Africa, which leases the motorcycle to women in Wedza in groups of up to five.
The women can now carry farm produce to markets further away from home, offer transportation services to villagers and use the motorcycle for domestic chores.
Assembled in Zimbabwe’s capital city of Harare with parts made in China, the bikes are powered by a solar-charged lithium-ion battery and will be sold for $1,500 USD.
Mobility for Africa is currently leasing the bikes, which can travel up to around 60 miles per ride, to groups of up to five women for the equivalent of $15 a month. Changing the batteries at a solar-powered station costs between $0.50 and $1.
Mary Mhuka, a 58-year-old mother-of-six who is leasing the Hamba with her daughter-in-law and a neighbour, said the motorcycle had eased the strain of domestic work. She told Reuters: “We used to carry firewood on our heads for very long distances … but now it’s much easier as this motorcycle has taken away that burden.”
Mobility for Africa is now in the second phase of the pilot project before it can go commercial.
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